Liberal leader Tony Abbott picked up a Geelong Advertiser at Highton Newsagency and then Tweeted about it. Welcome to another election stunt designed to promote a local candidate and show a small business connection.
As I found out when John Howard visited my Forest Hill newsagency in the 1998 election campaign, they want the photo in a small business but ignore you once they are in office.
The newsagency channel faces disruption of a similar scale to the TV networks yet we’re not getting hundreds of millions of dollars to help us navigate this. The Australian newsagency channel faces similar competition to the car industry in some respects yet we’re not getting hundreds of millions of dollars of handouts.
No, I’m not actually asking for handouts. Rather, I am suggesting that instead of opportunistic photos, politicians should meaningfully engage with newsagents and other small business people.